Hi everyone, i've been a member for some time now, but this is my first post. I have a FEV1 of 30% of predicted, and a month ago i went up to Brompton Hospital for two days of tests to see if i was suitable to have a Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction in a clinical trial. Well i passed the tests and the following day i had the op. They gave me a sedative but was awake all through the op. Not very nice but had to go through it incase the computer said yes and had it done. The surgeon said they would talk as if i was having it done even if the computer said no, but a couple of things they said made me believe the computer said yes. Anyway i was taken back to the recovery ward and then down to a ward to spend the night. The next morning i said i've had some pains in my chest so they brought the xray machine up to the ward as they thaught it might be a partial collapsed lung which one in five get, which is a symptom of maybe having it done but turned out to be an infection or pneumonia so i spent another day in the ward and started antibiotics and the following day went home. Bad trip back in the heat but got home with the help of a friend. had three days of sob and coughing but the doctors said this was normal so i rested for a week and then relised i could breath deeper, which i havn't done for a long time, i still get pains in my lungs when i breath deeply but that goes with COPD, and when breathing out to inhale my inhalers it actually came to a stop, where usually i could breath out forever. Now i'm even walking further, slowly with the aid of my stick which i think is remarkable after only four weeks. I feel a lot better and people say i look a lot better which gives me confidence. I've even come off of my nebulizer for a week now. I go back to Brompton Hospital in two months for more tests to see how i've improved and then they will tell me if i've had it done or not. If i havn't it's been all in my mind and i've made myself a lot better. Has anyone else has this done? I will post again when i know the answer. So far so good. Look after yourselves and breath easy. Andy x
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